Plot: What's the story about?
Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man in his mid-40s going through an intense midlife crisis; he's grown cynical and is convinced that he has no reason to go on. Lester's relationship with his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) is not a warm one; while on the surface Carolyn strives to present the image that she's in full control of her life, inside she feels empty and desperate. Their teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is constantly depressed, lacking in self-esteem, and convinced that she's unattractive. Her problems aren't helped by her best friend Angela (Mena Suvari), an aspiring model who is quite beautiful and believes that that alone makes her a worthwhile person. Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life. Meanwhile, next door, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper) has spent a lifetime in the Marine Corps and can understand and tolerate no other way of life, which makes life difficult for his son Ricky (Wes Bentley), an aspiring filmmaker and part-time drug dealer who is obsessed with beauty, wherever and whatever it may be.
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Who stars in American Beauty: Cast List
Kevin Spacey ... Lester Burnham
Billionaire Boys Club, Horrible Bosses
Annette Bening ... Carolyn Burnham
Nyad, Open Range
Thora Birch ... Jane Burnham
Route 66, Above Suspicion
Wes Bentley ... Ricky Fitts
Interstellar, The Hunger Games
Mena Suvari ... Angela Hayes
Fourth Grade, Domino
Chris Cooper ... Col. Frank Fitts, USMC
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Muppets
Peter Gallagher ... Buddy Kane
Who's making American Beauty: Crew List
A look at the American Beauty behind-the-scenes crew and production team.
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Production: What we know about American Beauty?
- 2004 - December: The film was set to Completed status.